ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Opening Date: November 18, 2021
Salary Range: $21.254 - $27.127/hour
Closing Date: December 13, 2021
NATURE OF POSITION
Enforce various City ordinances and regulations governing animal control; maintain records and
reports; impound, feed, clean and dispose of animals as needed.
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
High school diploma, GED or equivalent, or any combination equivalent to sufficient training and
experience to demonstrate the knowledge and abilities listed above. Valid State driver's license. Ability
to obtain required certifications including certification in ACCESS Level II within six (6) months of
appointment. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid certification as a euthanasia technician.
Bilingual in Spanish.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE:
A completed City application and resume are required to apply. Applications are available on the Human
Resources page of the City of Walla Walla website: wallawallawa.gov.
SPECIAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
• 3-year driver’s abstract available from the Department of Motor Licensing is required to apply.
Candidate applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and then scored based upon an established
matrix of previous employment and applicable work experience. The top 10 applicants (ties up to 11) will be
invited to continue in the selection process, which will consist of an oral panel interview. Testing dates are
scheduled for December 28 – 29, 2021. Prior to hiring, candidates will be subject to an extensive background
and reference check. Incumbents will serve a six-month trial service period.
CITY OF WALLA WALLA-HR
15 N. Third Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (509) 524-7935.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The City of Walla Walla will provide reasonable accommodation to disabled
applicants if requested. Please notify the Human Resources office at least 5 days prior to the need.
NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein
may be modified and/or revoked without notice.
THE CITY OF WALLA WALLA COMPLIES WITH TITLE VI, ADA, AND OTHER APPLICABLE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY, RELIGION, VETERAN STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, OR SEX IN EMPLOYMENT OR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER / MINORITIES AND WOMEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
General direction and oversight is provided by assigned Police Department Sergeant.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Employees of the City of Walla Walla are expected to model and foster the City’s core values:
Service - Integrity - Collaboration - Equity - Leadership - Community
2. Employees of the Police Department are expected to model and foster the Department’s core values:
Service – Pride – Integrity and Return with Honor in all endeavors.
3. Enforce animal control ordinances to assure the safety and health of citizens and animals in the City by
patrolling assigned areas; issuing infractions or citations; and capture and impound dead, sick, injured,
stray, or trapped domestic and non-domestic animals.
4. Learn, interpret, and apply codes, laws and regulations, policies and procedures of animal collection,
impoundment, quarantine, and disposal.
5. Respond to calls and investigate complaints from the public regarding animals in the community
including stray, sick, injured, and abused animals; investigate cases of cruelty, neglect, abandonment,
animal bites and barking dogs.
6. Explain various ordinances regarding animal control to the public. Write citations for violations of City
ordinances related to animals; respond to court requests for contested citations.
7. Euthanize severely injured, diseased, or vicious animals that cannot be captured in the prescribed
manner, according to appropriate laws and in accordance with established policies.
8. Quarantine biting animals for observation according to established guidelines. Prepare and deliver
rabies specimens to county health department officials as needed.
9. Prepare and maintain a variety of files, records and reports regarding impounded animals, animal bites,
quarantines, investigations, citations, and daily statistics.
10. Operate and maintain an animal control vehicle; utilize a variety of animal control devices and
equipment including leash, muzzle, traps, catch pole, net, radio, and tranquilizing equipment.
11. Investigate, evaluate, complete potentially dangerous and dangerous dog declarations. Facilitate
declaration hearing process and maintain ongoing records to update status of declared dogs in the city.
12. Monitor records of dangerous dogs moving in or out of the city including timely transfer of information
to other agencies.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS
1. Demonstrate punctual, regular, and reliable attendance which is essential for successful job
2. Present a positive, professional image; maintain cooperative and effective working relationships; assure
excellent customer service with internal and external customers.
3. Execute assignments, projects, and job responsibilities efficiently and within defined timeframes; work
independently and effectively with little direction.
4. Demonstrate good judgment and employ critical thinking to execute duties, identify issues, seek
solutions, and recommend improvements in support of departmental goals.
5. Provide assistance to staff; participate in resolving operational or interpersonal concerns; participate in
training, meetings, and on committees as assigned.
6. Respect the value of diversity in the workplace and the community.
7. Perform other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• City geography and street locations.
• Methods, equipment, and materials used in animal care, control, and shelters.
• Learn animal control regulations, techniques, and enforcement.
• Learn requirements of maintaining an animal shelter in a safe, clean, and orderly condition.
• Learn capture, care, handling and feeding of domestic and non-domestic animals.
• Capture, handle, feed, and transport domestic and non-domestic animals.
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Understand and follow oral and written directions.
• Maintain records and prepare clear, concise reports.
• General care, habits, and characteristics of various breeds of dogs and cats and other domestic animals.
• Common diseases of animals, including their symptoms and treatment.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Animal control vehicle and portable radio, restraint pole, tranquilizer rifle and tranquilizer blow dart
system for chemical capture, mobile computer, office computers and related software, camera
equipment, cages, grabbers, baton, ropes, leashes, cell phone, remaining equipment in ACO vehicle.
Sitting and standing for extended periods of time; seeing, hearing, and speaking to exchange
information; repetitive hand movements; intermittently stand, walk, kneel down, stoop, bend at the
waist and lift up to 30 pounds and up to 75 pounds with assistance. Lifting heavy animals; pushing and
pulling animals into truck; kneeling and crouching to pick up animals.
Outdoor work environment; seasonal heat and cold or adverse weather conditions; driving a vehicle to
conduct work; indoor environment for administrative work; working around potentially vicious animals
including snakes; frequent encounters with dissatisfied customers and critical situations including
animals that are excited and agitated. Exposure to animals with rabies and other diseases.